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    Some sort of thing in my tank

    I dont know what they are, there too tiny to get a picture of, but they are tiny little white things that are hopping around on the glass. I dont think its hydra because they are pretty actively moving, they kinda look like microscopic catfish. There is also a transparent snail looking thing that doesn't seem to he moving, maybe it's a snail or some sort of eggsac? Maybe this is just a newbie mistake/question, but help please

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    SCAPE Member SCAPEr SCas's Avatar
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    Also just want to clarify I know microorganisms are a part of a complete ecosystem, just want to know if their harmful to anything

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    Tiny with hopping behaviour makes me guess copepods, but usually fish devour them. Do you have fish in the tank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayo View Post
    Tiny with hopping behaviour makes me guess copepods, but usually fish devour them. Do you have fish in the tank?
    Yes

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    Seed shrimp? I have a ton in my shrimp tanks. They don't seem to be bothered by them much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ahboram View Post
    Seed shrimp? I have a ton in my shrimp tanks. They don't seem to be bothered by them much.
    No their smaller them that and have a different shape

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    I did some more research and they kinda look like cyclops or diaptomus, but not sure

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    A picture would help us most of all, but they are likely either a daphnia or other copepod. 99%of the time, that is a very good sign of healthy water quality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shades View Post
    A picture would help us most of all, but they are likely either a daphnia or other copepod. 99%of the time, that is a very good sign of healthy water quality.
    Oh cool lol, I dont even test that much , also I don't think I can get a picture cause they're so small, but I could try the transparent snail looking things

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    Hopefully they're not scuds..if they are and you have moss in your tank...they'll devour it pretty quick lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by RyTheFishGuy View Post
    Hopefully they're not scuds..if they are and you have moss in your tank...they'll devour it pretty quick lol

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    Ive heard scuds are great for algae eating, and no i don't have any moss

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    They eat algea?? OOOh i want them.
    needs more desklamp

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    You might want to reconsider scuds... once you have em, good luck getting rid of em....and they can be rather unsightly... just my opinion.... I wouldn’t...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongox3 View Post
    You might want to reconsider scuds... once you have em, good luck getting rid of em....and they can be rather unsightly... just my opinion.... I wouldn’t...
    So true. They look like gigantic fleas to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyoni View Post
    So true. They look like gigantic fleas to me.
    I dont have scuds then

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCas View Post
    Ive heard scuds are great for algae eating, and no i don't have any moss

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    They just dont eat algae...once the algae are all gone...they go after the plants. Yikes! Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bongox3 View Post
    You might want to reconsider scuds... once you have em, good luck getting rid of em....and they can be rather unsightly... just my opinion.... I wouldn’t...
    Yupp, so true. I got rid of them in my 5 gallon nano when I added my Plakat Betta. He was devouring them like french fries. Yum.

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    Ok, got some hilaroiusly bad pictures of the transparent snail thing and I haven't seen the copapods since

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